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    I was just going to mention Victoria when I saw...

    I was just going to mention Victoria when I saw your post. For a different kind of love story by the same author, you can't go wrong with Pan, the story of Lieutenant Thomas Glahn's ill fated love...
  2. Thread: Southern Authors

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    There are lots of good southern women writers . ....

    There are lots of good southern women writers . . .

    Kaye Gibbons
    Lee Smith
    Bobby Ann Mason
    Ellen Gilchrist
    Gail Godwin
    Louise Shivers
    Alice Walker
    Eudora Welty
  3. Thread: Christina Stead

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    Stead's books are hard to find outside of...

    Stead's books are hard to find outside of libraries unfortunately. In addition to The Man Who Loved Children, I have read House of All Nations and recommend it.
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    These gaps can no doubt be explained by the...

    These gaps can no doubt be explained by the restraints placed on all writers in Hardy's day regarding topics that were considered more or less indecent. Most of Hardy's novels were first serially...
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    So are you still looking for beta testers?

    So are you still looking for beta testers?
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    I'm not wild about films masquerading as...

    I'm not wild about films masquerading as cinematic versions of novels that differ significantly from the original.

    One of the best translations to film in my opinion is the cinematic version of...
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    Short-term visitors

    I've noticed that many visitors to these forums stay and post about 12 times. Then they're gone. I haven't posted all that much, but there does seem to be very little follow-up from one post to the...
  8. Thread: JM Coetzee

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    Liberal viewer

    My reaction to the novel partially mirrors yours -- dark and terrible. I wasn't completely sold on the book -- the opera business seemed a bit forced -- but overall a novel that forces readers to...
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    Go here for starters:...

    Go here for starters: http://www.melville.org/crit-bib.htm
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    This is one of those topics that will often...

    This is one of those topics that will often produce more heat than light. There are no easy answers. Some students succeed in school while others flounder in the same system, in the same classroom...
  11. Thread: Gustave Flaubert

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    I can't help you with quote from Flaubert's...

    I can't help you with quote from Flaubert's letters unfortunately. It may appear in one of the many letters he wrote to George Sand.

    As for what else to read, his novel Sentimental Education is...
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    I notice two others have mentioned Thoreau's...

    I notice two others have mentioned Thoreau's Walden as being most influential. I agree and would only add that his Resistance to Civil Government has also been a very strong influence on me.
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    I just mentioned in another forum a novel by D....

    I just mentioned in another forum a novel by D. M. Thomas entitled The White Hotel. The story concerns a young woman who undergoes analysis with Sigmund Freud. So maybe you might be interested in...
  14. The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas might be book you...

    The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas might be book you would find interesting. When it came out in 1981 it was a huge bestseller. I remember finding it quite absorbing. If, however, you are not...
  15. Thread: Quotes from Books

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    "Few people of attainments take easily to a plan...

    "Few people of attainments take easily to a plan of self improvement. Some discover very early their perfection cannot endure the insult. Others find their intellectual pleasure lies in the theory,...
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    Normal Madness - Santayana Fear and Trembling...

    Normal Madness - Santayana

    Fear and Trembling - Kierkegaard (again)
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    Is Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" literary or...

    Is Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" literary or commercial?

    The looks like a question that might appear on a test. "The Lottery" has certainly been commercially successful since the day it first...
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    I see that my Ten Favorite Novels thread has...

    I see that my Ten Favorite Novels thread has gotten folded into the Ten Must-Read Books, which seems different to me. Maybe the number of threads has gotten out of hand?
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    Ten Favorite Novels

    I would like to know what other readers consider their 10 favorite novels. My favorites are novels that I have read more than once and will no doubt read again at some point in time. Here are mine...
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    Morte D'Urban by American writer J. F. Powers is...

    Morte D'Urban by American writer J. F. Powers is very funny. It isn't a novel, however, that many people have heard of apparently. It received the National Book Award way back in 1962

    The novel...
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    Beta Test

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    Poll: Fair enough.

    Fair enough.
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    Poll: I will nominate The Grass Is Singing by Doris...

    I will nominate The Grass Is Singing by Doris Lessing.
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    Fences is an excellent contemporary American play...

    Fences is an excellent contemporary American play and can lead to a fruitful discussion about life and expectations.

    The Heart of Darkness, which is a great short novel, might prove to be a little...
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    Poll: South African book

    Just found out about this place and like the idea of an online monthly book discussion.

    Someone mentioned Doris Lessing. Her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, is worthy of a nomination.
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